Isaiah 7:25

ESV And as for all the hills that used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not come there for fear of briers and thorns, but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.
NIV As for all the hills once cultivated by the hoe, you will no longer go there for fear of the briers and thorns; they will become places where cattle are turned loose and where sheep run.
NASB As for all the hills which used to be cultivated with the plow, you will not go there for fear of briars and thorns; but they will become a place for pasturing oxen and for sheep to trample.
CSB You will not go to all the hills that were once tilled with a hoe, for fear of the thorns and briers. Those hills will be places for oxen to graze and for sheep to trample.
NLT No one will go to the fertile hillsides where the gardens once grew, for briers and thorns will cover them. Cattle, sheep, and goats will graze there.
KJV And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.

What does Isaiah 7:25 mean?

After the Lord's judgment falls on Judah in the form of the invading Assyrian army, everything will change in the land (Isaiah 7:20). For one thing, most of the people will be killed or carried off. The land will be nearly emptied with only a remnant of survivors left behind.

Isaiah has said that with a lack of workers to work the vineyards, the briers and thorns will take over (Isaiah 7:23). Those who remain will be forced to hunt for food (Isaiah 7:24). Now Isaiah adds that herding will replace farming. Hills once cultivated for agriculture will be overrun with thorns and weeds, making them difficult to navigate. Instead, cows and sheep will be sent to graze there. These hills will no longer be used for producing rich harvest of grapes and other products.
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